[sim-bid-ee-uh m]


any of various orchids of the genus Cymbidium, native to Asia and Australia, having long clusters of numerous showy, variously colored flowers.

Origin of cymbidium

1799; < New Latin < Greek kýmb(ē) (see cymbiform) + -idion -idium Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cymbidium

Historical Examples of cymbidium

  • The only hybrids of Cymbidium known to me are eburneo-Lowianum and its converse, Lowiano-eburneum.

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • Among miscellaneous examples here is a handsome specimen of Cymbidium Devonianum, and a very remarkable hybrid of Catt.

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • We have another house devoted mainly to Cymbidium, in which they have been planted out for some years, with results worth noting.

    The Woodlands Orchids

    Frederick Boyle

  • The acquisitions in Botany consisted of some fine Cyrtandraceæ, a Cymbidium, and some ferns.

  • Cymbidium has been enriched by the hybridist, the section Cyperorchis being merged in true Cymbidium.


    James O'Brien

British Dictionary definitions for cymbidium


noun plural -diums

a genus, Cymbidium, of subtropical and tropical orchids native to Australia and Asia, having boat-shaped showy flowers

Word Origin for cymbidium

C19: from Latin cymba boat
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